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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! I'll probably wear this book out!, 4 Jun 2008
This book starts by covering the kernel architecture, placing drivers in their context and discussing the support structures that exist for them, with that start everything else follows naturally, and logically.

This book is bang up to date and addresses every significant class of driver, and many of the idiosyncrasies of the driver models. While old hands will know much of this material already, this is the one stop reference for 90% of the details you'll need for the task in hand, and has excellent pointers for where to find the rest.

This is one of the best "working knowledges" available on paper, and is both a great starting point on the road of experience, as well as a worthy reference for those en-route.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book - highly informative, 19 Oct 2010
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Very easy to read - it's an absolute pleasure.
Highly informative - in absolute detail. This is the third edition, so it has Linux 2.6.

It's interesting, gripping yet so darn easy to read. Very few authors could produce a book of this calibre.

Top marks for what this author has accomplished.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the most up-to-date and complete book on drivers, 2 Nov 2009
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If you read this review in two years, this book is no longer up-to-date.
Actually, some contents is already outdated when I write this review - but that's life in the Linux Kernel: it changes at an amazing speed.

Venkateswaran does a good job at trying to be as complete as possible - He discussed how to write a driver for almost any of the subsystems (char device, network device, compact flash, USB, wifi, etc). Every discussion tries to bring in as much of the material as possible. That's good, but it also has its negative side as I noticed several small errors in the discussions. In general, this is a great book - it really is enough to bring you up-to-speed with driver development for Linux. In details, it is even greater as you'll find almost any subsystem documented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 23 Sep 2013
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One of the most detailed books on creating device drivers that I've seen. Most books on device drivers hardly talk about audio, video or network cards. However, this book has specific chapters on each one of these and many more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for getting into the kernel in order to customise it. Written understandably., 4 Aug 2013
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I have a mentality that I can think out very complex logic, but have difficulty 'speaking geek'. Therefore my very high rating may not be shared by all. However, the background information as to how the Linux kernel is structured in its massive number of files is presented in English rather than geek. It explains in a practical way what to do to modify the kernel at all. I found it a self contained , not leaving the reader 'high and dry'. It may be heavy going, but to try and grasp and 'get into' such a big piece of ever changing software is inevitably that. To try and 'gloss over' issues would be false economy if modification made are to be stable and work as intended. Therefore I am grateful the necessary groundwork is properly tackled. Time wise, I have a long way to go before embedding Linux into any product of mine, but I feel with this book when I get there it will be a product to be proud of rather than a half understood fudge. It obviously concentrates on the areas most likely to need customisation. Therefore the book certainly suites me, and I highly recommend it to anyone thinking of producing a Linux modification.
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